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Bowden takes on coaching role with Japan

Updated: Jun 18

Former NPC and Super Rugby player Dan Bowden joins an international list of former players to coach  Japan
Former Super Rugby player Dan Bowden is one of a host of internationals in Eddie Jones Brave Blossoms coaching team PHOTO: JRFU

Former New Zealand Super Rugby player Dan Bowden has signed with the Japanese national team as their attack coach.

Bowden, 38 will work alongside Eddie Jones who is the head coach.

Bowden a first-five played over 20 games for the Highlanders as well as six each for the Crusaders and Blues.


Minor changes for Super Rugby Pacific semis teams

He also spent time playing NPC for Northland, Otago and Auckland and overseas playing stints in Europe.

There's plenty of New Zealand and international influence in the Brave Blossoms coaching ranks

Former test forwards Owen Franks and Victor Matfield have also been brought into the Brave Blossoms coaching set up.

Capped 108 times for the All Black, Franks joins as Assistant Coach, while Matfield, the most capped Springbok of all time, with 127 caps will support the team as a Technical Advisor.

They are joined by David Kidwell who had a prominent career playing rugby league in Australia and England. He was also capped 25 times for New Zealand in league.

Japan have a heavy schedule of home matches, including two against the Māori All Blacks and one against the All Blacks in October in Yokohama.

Away they face France and England.

Japan Rugby 2024 Match Schedule* Tickets:

Saturday 22 JuneLipovitan D Challenge Cup 2024 Japan vs EnglandNational Stadium, Tokyo 

Saturday 29 JuneJapan XV vs Māori All Blacks*Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo

Saturday 6 JulyJapan XV vs Māori All Blacks*Toyota Stadium, Toyota City

Saturday 13 JulyJapan vs GeorgiaYurtek Stadium, Sendai

Sunday 21 JulyJapan vs ItalySapporo Dome, Sapporo

Saturday 26 OctoberLipovitan D Challenge Cup 2024 Japan vs All BlacksNissan Stadium, Yokohama

Saturday, 9 NovemberFrance vs JapanStade de France, Paris

Sunday, 24 NovemberEngland vs JapanTwickenham Stadium, London

*Non-test Matches


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